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MAGGIE O' HAM. Shetland, Single Jig (12/8 time). A Major. AEae tuning (fiddle). Tom Anderson (1978) says the melody was probably used as an alternative tune for the dance "Shaalds O' Foula"/"Foula Shaalds." In his own words, "Dere’s no an awful lok we ken aboot dis een. He comes fae Foula bit wha Maggie o’ Ham wis ah’m never fun oot. It wid seem ta wis dat he might hae been ösed fir da Shaalds o’ Foula dance at ee time as he is dat kind o’ a tün. Noo we're written him twa wyes, da first wye is wi da strings as du usually sets dem bit da Foula man it I heard playin' him hed his two back strings set to A and E. Dis alters da fingering."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Anderson & Swing (Haand Me Doon da Fiddle), 1979; No. 44.

Recorded sources: Topic 12TS379, Aly Bain & Tom Anderson - "Shetland Folk Fiddling, vol. 2" (1978).

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